The Names in the Hat
Just as the political season is reaching its peak, the novel The Names in the Hat presents new and refreshing ideas for how to make our democracy work. Four-term New York governor and 1928 presidential candidate, Al Smith, once said, “All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.” That sums up the mission of the characters in this story, a diverse set of ordinary citizens, who attempt to accomplish the task of transforming the state government of Michigan. That state, of course, is currently a hotbed of news and controversy. Armed protests over COVID19 restrictions. A heightened struggle between the governor and the legislature, and between the governor and the president of the United States. A story of the personal transformation of its hero, combined with the political transformation of Michigan’s government, this book couldn’t be more timely.